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nawtec06-0006-0001nawtec06-0006-0002nawtec06-0006-0003nawtec06-0006-0004nawtec06-0006-0005nawtec06-0006-0006nawtec06-0006-0007Industrial Recycling and Alternative Fuel Program George C. Handy - Concurrent Technologies Corporation I SERA PO Box 127 Edgefield, SC 29824 Stephen J. Mackmull- U.S. Department of Energy - Savannah River PO Box A I Building 703-A Abstract Aiken, SC 29802 Sharon V. Johnson-U.S. Department of Energy - Savannah River PO Box A I Building 703-A Aiken, SC 29802 This pilot study will create an industrial recycling and alternative fuel opportunity for the Department of Energy (USDOE) as well as establish a partnership with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and private industry. The core goals of the partnership between the USDOE, USPS, and industry are to simultaneously increase business success while, driving down pollution and waste. Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is developing a baseline to integrate current industrial needs with the waste to energy concept for the Department of Energy. The overall benefit in this partnering venture will demonstrate that federal agencies can operate effectively and efficiently using innovative technologies to meet environmental, economic and stakeholder concerns and needs. A current Waste to Energy Project at Savannah River Operations will be discussed as the basis of this paper and the pilot project. Introduction The United States Department of Energy Savannah River Site (DOE/SR) is committed to reducing the amount of material landfilled from the Savannah River Site (SRS). DOE/SR is working with the USPS and regional industry to develop opportunities for the reuse of industrial waste streams. The Federal "right sizing", rising waste disposal costs, falling recyclables markets, and rising fuel costs combine to create a needs driven opportunity. The challenge is to develop a program that will provide a solution to the rising costs associated with waste management while, decreasing pollution and waste. Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is working with the AFP partners to develop a pilot that will recycle the partners existing waste streams into a cleaner burning less expensive fuel for powerhouses. The program team has identified suitable wastestreams for use as feedstocks and a willing powerhouse to test the alternative fuel. 70Specifically the USPS will be given an opportunity to address an otherwise liability of wastes and identify a beneficial niche in the current generation of bulk mail which costs thousands of dollars to dispose of in local landfills. By building a more regional approach for the USPS to address the current need to prevent pollution and waste in landfills, this creates a pioneering effort for excellent business conditions, better industrial relationships with government agencies, and a healthier environment. The regional private sector participants providing the wastestreams to be recycled by the AFP are representative of the Pulp and Paper Industry. This industry produces a process waste known as residual short fiber (RSF). The RSF has a high fiber and moisture content. The common practice of landfilling the RSF (approximately 100 tons/day per regional facility) is very costly to the industry and consumes limited landfill space. The Waste Management Department at SRS is interested in reducing the amount of material landfilled and costs associated with management/disposal. SRS has wastestreams that can be easily utilized as feedstocks for an alternative fuel. The utilization of an alternative fuel processing plant would allow the waste management department to commingle numerous waste streams and greatly reduce related costs. The DOE/SR is looking at opportunities with the Site Utilities Department (SUD) to reduce costs associated with energy production at SRS. SUD operates the stoker fired boilers at the 784-A Powerhouse facility. The alternative fuel would be available to SUD at significant cost savings to that of coal. Two test burns of the densified industrial waste streams have been conducted at the 784-A Powerhouse. The results of the test burns will be discussed as well as the conceptual engineering study to determine the technical and economical feasibility of the alternative fuel facility. The development of an alternative fuel processing facility in the region will improve industrial competitiveness by lowering disposal costs, saving landfill space, reducing coal costs, lowing sulfur emissions, and creating new jobs. Body The Alternative Fuel Program (AFP) provides an opportunity to shape the future for the USDOE by establishing a team approach with outside industries as well as resolve environmental and economic problems for everyone involved. The AFP is an innovative recycling program that is targeting the waste management needs of regional industry and the fuel needs of the DOE/SR. The program will be beneficial to the environment (save landfill space and lower emissions), reduce industry production costs (waste disposal), decrease cost associated with coal consumption (less expensive fuel), and provide new jobs. The AFP Partners need to increase the amount of material recycled and reduce the dollars associated with disposal in order to remain competitive. The opportunity to work together and develop the economies of scale will allow the partners to collectively obtain their desired goals. This pilot project will access the viability of a third party processor 71developing an alternative fuel processing plant to serve the potential clients in the region surrounding SRS. The DOE/SR and the USPS have a large percentage of fibrous material in their respective wastestreams. DOE/SR has wastestreams similar to large private sector industries with substantial administrative and management infrastructure. The unclassified site waste paper (white only) is collected and sorted for recycling off site at a substantial expense. The classified waste paper is shredded and then landfilled off site. The shipping I


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